By Yang Laidi I’m Yang Laidi, sixty-two years old this year. In 1985, because my husband had health problems, our […]
What Do You Think About the View That the Bible Represents God?
These words in the are not all ; there’re God’s and also man’s—that I don’t deny. But the religious pastors often tell us God’s work and words are all in the Bible, the Bible is all inspired by God, that all the words in it are God’s words, and that the Bible therefore represents God. How do you see it?
Many religious people believe the Bible is inspired by God, believing what Paul says. Yet no one looks into whether Paul had any basis for this statement. People tend to feel this way because they have too much blind faith in Paul’s words and worship him. But let’s consider these things: Whether Paul’s words conform with those of God? Are they supported by Lord’ words or supported by the ’s words? People use Paul’s words to conclude the Bible is entirely inspired by God. Yet, does this conform with the Lord’s word or with the truth? If this statement from Paul is corroborated by the word of or of the Holy Spirit, then we can accept and obey that. Then it would be in line with the Lord’s intentions. But we know for a fact that Paul used to oppose Lord Jesus and even resist Him. It is a well-known fact that he was the chief sinner who opposed against Lord Jesus. Even though Lord Jesus chose Paul as an apostle to spread the , Paul is still merely a created man. Therefore, his words are just the words of a man and no more than that. The Lord Jesus is God, while the apostles and disciples are only men. The apostles and disciples of Lord Jesus cannot compare to Lord Jesus Himself. For man’s words, if they are not confirmed by Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit, no matter who says them, we cannot just blindly accept or obey these words. Otherwise, the consequences would be unimaginable. If we go back to the time when the Pharisees condemned the Lord Jesus, many people rejected Lord Jesus because they followed the Pharisees. They were eliminated because they condemned Lord Jesus and resisted Him. Haven’t people learned this lesson by now? Actually in the Bible, only the words from Jehovah or from Lord Jesus, the words of the Holy Spirit, the words conveyed by the prophets from God, and the Book of Revelation are exactly God’s words. The rest, that’s just the records and letters of man, not God. These all count as testimonies of God’s work and of course are important in the Bible. However, we must always remember not to treat the word of man as the word of God. Man’s words are just man’s words, and only God’s words are truly the words of God. If we were to insist the words of man and Satan found in the Bible are also the words of God, that is blasphemous and slanderous to God. Therefore, saying that all the scripture is from God and is also the word of God, this just doesn’t make factual sense.
Now let’s read a passage of word from. “In fact, apart from the books of prophecy, most of the Old Testament is historical record. Some of the epistles of the New Testament come from people’s experiences, and some come from the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit; the Pauline epistles, for example, arose from the work of a man, they were all the result of the Holy Spirit’s enlightenment, and they were written for the churches, were words of exhortation and encouragement for the brothers and sisters of the churches. They were not words spoken by the Holy Spirit—Paul could not speak on behalf of the Holy Spirit, and neither was he a prophet, much less did he see visions. His epistles were written for the churches of Ephesus, Philadelphia, Galatia, and other churches. And thus, the Pauline epistles of the New Testament are epistles that Paul wrote for the churches, and not inspirations from the Holy Spirit, nor are they the direct utterances of the Holy Spirit. … He did the work of an apostle of the churches of that time, he was a worker who was used by the Lord Jesus, and thus he was given the responsibility of the churches, he was charged with carrying out the work of the churches, he had to learn about the circumstances of the brothers and sisters—and because of this, he wrote epistles for all of the brothers and sisters in the Lord. All he said that was edifying and positive to people was right, but it did not represent the utterances of the Holy Spirit, and he could not represent God. It is an egregious understanding, and a tremendous blasphemy, for people to treat the records of a man’s experiences and a man’s epistles as the words spoken by the Holy Spirit to the churches! … If people see the epistles or words like Paul’s as the utterances of the Holy Spirit, and worship them as God, then it can only be said that they are too indiscriminating. To speak more harshly, isn’t this nothing but blasphemy? How could a man talk on behalf of God? And how could people bow down before the records of his epistles and of the words he spoke as if they were a ‘holy book,’ or a ‘heavenly book’? Could the words of God be casually uttered by a man? How could a man talk on behalf of God?” The words of Almighty God are very clear in this passage. The Bible isn’t just , but also has the words of various men. Knowing they aren’t the same, we should make the distinction and always respect the fact and treat the Bible correctly. Many believers still believe in the Bible blindly, and they worship the Bible, all of it. They trust Paul’s statement that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” They think that everything in the Bible is God’s word, even the words of man and the words of Satan as well. They think these are God’s words, all of them, but what kind of problem is this? Is this not a form of blasphemy? The words of man are clearly marked in the Bible as the words of man. Why do some insist these are the words of God? Do they really think man’s word becomes God’s as long as it’s in the Bible? What kind of logic is that? Satan’s words, the serpent’s words also appear in there. So, would anyone dare say these are God’s words as well? This shows that those who think everything in the Bible is God’s words are completely absurd. Even if people don’t understand the truth, they should at least respect the facts. They shouldn’t turn the facts upside down.
We all know it’s true that only God’s word is the truth, the way, and the life. Man’s words that conform with the truth come from their experience and knowledge of God’s word. But even with the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, they are still only man’s words. And man’s words cannot be compared to the word of God. The word of God is the expression of His disposition and all that He has and is. It’s the reality of positive things. It can be our life. Words spoken by man that tally with the truth all come from his experiences and understanding of God’s word and the truth. They represent his stature at that time. But we should always understand: The truth of God’s word can never fully be experienced. No matter how deep their knowledge of God’s word and the truth might be, it can never truly reach the original essence of God’s word and of His truth. That is to say, man’s word may accord with the truth, but they’re never equals. Being able to say words that conform with the truth does not mean man truly possesses the truth, and of course it doesn’t mean that man is the truth. This is because the Holy Spirit bases His work on man’s stature, guiding and enlightening, letting man understand the truth gradually and enter the reality. The words said by men used by God that conform with the truth are their limited experience and understanding of the truth. They’re so different when it comes to the real essence of the truth. These words only give some help. They cannot be man’s life and can’t be compared to God’s word. Let’s read another passage of Almighty God’s word. Almighty God says, “The words man receives through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit do not represent the words of God or the truth, and these are not the truth. We can only say he has some knowledge of the truth and receives some enlightenment from the Holy Spirit. … The truth is the life of God Himself, it represents the disposition of God Himself, the substance of God Himself, and all that within Him.” So the words of man and the words of God in the Bible we can see cannot simply be confused. There are so many pastors whose preaching is not even based on the word of God, but on man’s words in the Bible. They treat man’s words as the truth and ask people to comply with them. This makes it easy to create confusion because we know that man’s words cannot be man’s life, and that only God’s words can be man’s life. Pastors tend to treat man’s words in the Bible as truth and make people follow them. Isn’t that putting the cart before the horse? Is this exalting God and bearing witness to God? Furthermore, the words “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” were spoken by Paul. God has never witnessed the Bible this way, and the Holy Spirit has never said such words as these. And no prophets or apostles have said that either. The words “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” as spoken by Paul only represent his personal view. Therefore, for people to think that the Bible is entirely inspired by God, and that the Bible is all God’s word and represents God, this is incredibly wrong. This is how we should treat the Bible, we should see this fact clear as day. This way, God will be satisfied.